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Summary: The Once-ler loses everything. Spoilers
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Just like that, everything was gone.

His smog-spewing factory, his thneeds, his name, and the only real friends he'd ever had. All gone.

His money was meaningless; his company name was mud, and everything…everything he'd worked so hard to achieve…was nothing more than dust slipping through his gloved fingers now.

The Once-ler watched in stunned, and horrified silence as the Lorax lifted himself up, through a hole in the smog. A part of him remained incredulous, and he reached upward, vainly, in the smallest of attempts to call back the guardian of the forest. But the Lorax disappeared, and the sparkling, whispering glow that had taken him faded as well.

And now the Lorax was gone. Like everything else.

The silence was thick—impossibly so, with his Super-Axe-Hackers deactivated laid haphazardly across the rolling hills, the pumping of his factory gone, and the pipes that glumped the river were quieted. All was still. And it felt wrong.

He turned, slowly, and where the Lorax had stood, his shadow fell across the small structure made clumsily of rock, with one, only one, stone-cut word. No scolding, no badinage, and no words of reprimand. Just one, lone word—"UNLESS."

And the Once-ler turned, again, slower than before, to face what remained of the valley that he had come to such a short time ago. And he was faced with the true horror of what he'd done.

Virtually everything was dark—bleak, and grey, the only discernable colors being those of his machines, scattered across the land. The hundreds of thousands of stumps glared up at him, stark reminders of precisely what he had done. The land was dead, dry, and desolate. There were no Swomee-Swans soaring, no Humming- Fish humming, and no Bar-ba-loots playing in the shade of the Truffula trees. Everything was gone—dead and gone.

"UNLESS indeed," he murmured softly.

With forced determination, the Once-ler turned on his heel, heading back towards his study, the setting sun playing against his back. His top hat slipped from his fingers as he walked, and he didn't bother to stop for it.

And only when he was seated behind his large desk again, facing the destruction he had caused, did the Once-ler's self-control deteriorate, and his face fell into his hands.

And he cried.
Just a blurb.
The Lorax belongs to Dr. Seuss and Illumination Studios
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TessaWolf Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear, I'm going to find time to go watch this movie before it comes down from the big screens. Really.

And don't worry about it being depressing. Angst is awesome. To me, at least. XD
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:iconchytag:
This was so sad... yet beautiful at the same time. :iconsadfaceplz:
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Mia-Oneill Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
i totally agree with PinkSoda12, you're an amazing and aspiring writer! (did i use good words for that? lol)
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:iconant5b:
Yes, you did :D Thank you as well!
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Mia-Oneill Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
^^ and ur welcome!
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PinkSoda12 Mar 16, 2012
I love the word choices, you're a very talented writer!

But, this was so sad! :cries:
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:iconant5b:
Thank you so much! And yes, I do tend to write more depressing stories :T
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PinkSoda12 Mar 16, 2012
GOODIE!!!! :iconclapplz: :iconbravoplz: :iconepicclapplz: :iconpinkiepieclapplz: :icontwilightclapplz:
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:iconchaoartwork39:
so sad.... :iconsadplz:
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